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  • Judge throws out Craigslist lawsuit

    An Illinois judge this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Cook County Sheriff's Office charging Craigslist with facilitating prostitution.

    Written by Nancy Gohring26 Oct. 09 08:39
  •'s Service Cloud sparks legal storm

    A Georgia company has filed suit in federal court against, saying the on-demand CRM (customer relationship management) vendor's use of the phrase "Service Cloud" violates its trademark.

    Written by Chris Kanaracus23 Oct. 09 07:43
  • ChoicePoint to pay $275,000 for second data breach

    Data broker ChoicePoint, the victim of a 2004 data breach affecting more than 160,000 U.S. residents, has agreed to strengthen its data security efforts and pay to compensate potential victims of identity theft for a second breach in 2008, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross20 Oct. 09 09:28
  • Pirate Bay appeals postponed until next year

    The appeals of those convicted in April in the high-profile Pirate Bay copyright violations trial won't be heard until next year, the court said on Monday.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs20 Oct. 09 07:05
  • Adobe, Google sued by Textscape over patents

    Google and Adobe Systems have been sued by a New Jersey company for allegedly violating patents used for processing text, according to recent court filings.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk02 Oct. 09 22:38
  • Virginia man gets prison time for online threats

    An Oakwood, Virginia, man who used a social-networking Web site to make threats of school shootings throughout the country has been sentenced to four years in a federal prison.

    Written by Grant Gross02 Oct. 09 07:24
  • In Autodesk case, judge rules secondhand sales OK

    A Seattle judge ruled in favor of a man arguing that he has the right to sell secondhand software, in a case that had some people worried about an end to used-book and CD stores.

    Written by Nancy Gohring02 Oct. 09 06:39
  • Microsoft wins appeal in Uniloc patent case

    Microsoft will not have to pay $388 million to a security software company for infringing on a patent, U.S. District Judge William Smith ruled Tuesday.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk01 Oct. 09 07:41
  • Pirate Bay lay judge deemed to be biased

    One of the lay judges scheduled to hear the appeal in The Pirate Bay case has been deemed to be biased by the Svea Court of Appeals because of his involvement in the streaming music service Spotify, the court said on Tuesday.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs30 Sept. 09 06:57
  • BlackBerry Battle: RIM/NTP Patent Case Takes New Turn

    If you're a long-time BlackBerry user or "CrackBerry addict", you very likely remember a time just a few years ago when the continued existence of your precious handheld - and its addictive "push" e-mail technology - were in question due to a high-profile lawsuit between Research In Motion (RIM) and patent company NTP.

    Written by Al Sacco29 Sept. 09 11:59
  • Former Enron Broadband exec sentenced to prison term

    Joseph Hirko, the former co-CEO of Enron Broadband Services, was sentenced Monday to 16 months in prison on a wire fraud charge related to false claims made by the failed telecommunications company, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Sept. 09 04:15
  • Report: Google accused of violating Italian law

    An Italian prosecutor has accused Google of violating Italian and European regulations in the way it handles its e-mail communications, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported Monday.

    Written by Philip Willan29 Sept. 09 05:38